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Best Law Firms by Practice Area

Not every firm is created equal. Find out how top firms stack up when it comes to specific practice areas.

  • Survey Methodology

    In order to determine the Vault Practice Area Rankings, associates were able to vote for up to three firms in their own practice area, but were not permitted to vote for their own firm. Self-identified corporate associates were allowed to vote only in the corporate-related categories (securities, banking and financial services, etc.); litigators were allowed to vote in the litigation categories, and so on. Our rankings indicate the top firms in each area, as well as the total percentage of votes.

  • Ranking History

2019 Best Law Firms for Appellate Litigation

1
% OF VOTES
29.99

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

With powerhouse practices ranging from M&A to appellate law, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher does its share of high-stakes work. Founded in Los Angeles in...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
1
2
% OF VOTES
21.02

Williams & Connolly LLP

Relatively tiny Williams & Connolly has resisted globalization and continues to hold its own against firms ten times its size by following a basic...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
2
3
% OF VOTES
18.04

Jones Day

A heavy-hitter with a hand in most major areas of law and an internationally-recognized prowess in litigation, Jones Day uses its size and reach-offices...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
3
4
% OF VOTES
15.98

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis, one the world's most elite law firms, is recognized for its private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions,...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
5
5
% OF VOTES
13.49

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

THE SCOOP Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has been cultivating the persona of an eccentric genius-shocking the often-staid (OK, uptight) legal...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
8
6
% OF VOTES
13.14

WilmerHale

Since Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP and Hale and Dorr LLP merged to become WilmerHale in 2004, the firm has established itself as one of the preeminent...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
6
7
% OF VOTES
12.26

Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Started in 1997, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP is a relative newcomer to the elite firm ranks but already boasts nearly 300 lawyers and has its...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
4
8
% OF VOTES
11.30

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley is one of the largest U.S. law firms and traces its roots back to the 1866 founding of predecessor firm Williams & Thompson in Chicago....

TRENDING

2018 Rank
9
9
% OF VOTES
10.73

Covington & Burling LLP

This "brain trust" law firm is known for quietly (and smartly) going about its business-that business being antitrust, litigation, white collar defense...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
11
10
% OF VOTES
10.20

Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel, & Frederick PLLC

Washington, DC-based Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick is a firm that thrives litigating complex cases in the trial and appellate world,...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
7
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